What they say:
A seafood-heavy small plates restaurant called Cornerstone is moving into Hackney Wick. It’s the debut restaurant of Tom Brown, who has worked with Nathan Outlaw (of the two-Michelin starred restaurant that shares his name) and plans to offer a regularly changing menu based on which British ingredients are available at the time. But a fresh menu needs a fresh venue, and he’ll be opening a slick spot designed by East London architects Holland Harvey, creating a minimal and clean look with lots of lighting. In the centre of it all is the kitchen and this doubles as a counter-bar.
What we say:
These regularly changing small plates have seafood at their heart. You’ll find sharing plates (costing £8 - £14) like raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yoghurt and crispy garlic, alongside marinated squid accompanied by black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing. For drinks, there’s a wine list made of international, organic and biodynamic wines, and the bar will serve up house cocktails. They’ve also teamed up with distillery The Wrecking Coast to create a bespoke Cornerstone gin, which will be used in botanical cocktails. Watch out for their Cornerstone G&T, made form the gin plus apple, samphire and herbal tonic – it’s their signature.